Robber grabs car after 2 failed tries

Subscribe Now July 10, 2012 at 01:59pm

A shootout ensued between a security guard and a man who tried to hijack two vehicles before successfully taking one at the second floor parking area of a mall here, Sunday afternoon. Police identified the three victims as: Cherie Esios Butuanon, 23, nurse, a resident of Sto. NiƱo Village in Ma-a; Gavin Leo Anto Gumba, 23, a call center agent, resident of Lanang on Duplex Street; and Dante Adarayan Fabian, businessman, 33, Alpha Homes in Matina.

Initial investigation showed that at around 4:45 p.m., Butuanon returned to her Honda car with plate number XCB-751 when the suspect barged in at the back seat and pulled her hair.

The lady rushed out of the car and shouted for help.

The two mall security guards identified only through their last names, Domanico and Barra, chased the suspect who entered a white Mitsubishi Colt car with plate number MEB-847, with Gumba on the wheel.

According to Gumba, the suspect tried to threaten him and his friends but he resisted and he and his friends disembarked with Gumba bringing the car keys with him.

Domanico was about to reach the car to arrest the suspect when the latter pulled out a handgun and pointed this at him. He ducked out of sight and rushed back to his post to get his shotgun.

The suspect entered another car -- a bluish silver Honda Civic with plate number ZKW-113 driven by Fabian who was with her wife. Fabian and wife were forced out of their car at gunpoint.

Domanico fired at the car as it exited through Guzman Street.

Senior Supt. Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said Sta. Ana Police Station personnel are still trying to retrieve the video recorded by the close circuit television (CCTV) camera at the parking lot area.

"We are still trying to identify the suspect. Medyo naa lang ta'y problema sa technicality kay matud pa nila, blurred ang kuha sa CCTV kay hapon naman nahitabo tong insidente, but we are doing our best para makuha nato ang dagway sa suspect," dela Rosa said.

He said at around 11 a.m. on Monday, the carnapped vehicle was reportedly seen in Palm Village but when the authorities went to check the vehicle was already nowhere to be found.

Source: Ivy C. Tejano

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